Past Event

The Art of Data Visualization – The Art of Storytelling

April 5, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Schapiro CEPSR, 530 W. 120 St., Davis Auditorium, New York

Speakers include:

We are almost two decades into the 21st Century and living in a dense forest of information. Making our way through means filtering and processing vast quantities of tangled and interconnected data, and in order to do this successfully, we must be able to see the information in meaningful ways, to be understood and shared with others. Ultimately, we must do what we’ve done for millennia — we must tell stories.

The Art of Storytelling is the third annual Art of Data Visualization event. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit the website for more information and full schedule.

Matteo Farinella received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from University College London in 2013. Since then he has been combining his scientific expertise with a life-long passion for drawing, producing educational comics, illustrations, and animations. He is the author of Neurocomic (Nobrow 2013) published with the support of the Wellcome Trust, Cervellopoli (Editoriale Scienza 2017) and The Senses (Nobrow 2017). He has worked with universities and educational institutions around the world to make science more clear and accessible. Regular collaborators include Massive Science and Science-Practice. His illustrations won the NSF Science Visualization Challenge (2015), and have been featured in exhibitions such as the Society of Illustrators Comics and Cartoon Art Annual Exhibition (2015) and STEAM Within the Panels at the AAAS Art gallery (2017). In 2016, Matteo joined Columbia University as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Working with science journalists, educators, and cognitive neuroscientists, he aims to understand how these tools may affect the public perception of science and increase scientific literacy. If you want to know more about this project, please visit

Micki Kaufman is a doctoral candidate in US History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her dissertation, “‘Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me:’ Quantifying Kissinger” has been a recipient of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant. In 2015 Micki was awarded the ACH and ADHO’s Lisa Lena and Paul Fortier Prize for best Digital Humanities paper worldwide by an emerging scholar. From 2015-2017 she served as a Virtual Fellow with the Office of the Historian at the US State Department, is currently a Biography Dissertation Fellow at the Leon Levy Center, and serves as an elected member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers in the Humanities (ACH).

Julie Beth Napolin is a scholar, musician, and radio producer (KALW’s “Philosophy Talk”). She is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the New School and former Associate Director of The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project. In 2018-19, she will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published essays on auditory culture in the areas of transatlantic modernism, 20th-century American literature, critical race theory, contemporary art, and narrative. Her book-in-progress theorizes sound reproduction in relation to the modernist novel as form.

Jeremy White is a graphics editor for The New York Times and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He has contributed to a variety of visual projects that have earned several Emmy nominations, a Peabody award, and top honors from the Society of News Design, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Prior to joining the Times, he created motion, interactive and print graphics for the company he founded in 1998, blueshirt, serving clients such as Toyota, Fiat, Sony, and Microsoft. Jeremy has a BA from the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, and a MS in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin.

Kenji Williams is a composer and director for multi-media live theater, mixed reality, and interactive data visualization, and is the creative director and producer of the NASA-powered earth-from-space show, BELLA GAIA. Williams is an Artist in Residence and Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder developing a live 3D Holographic theater show, “Origin Stories” and a trans-disciplinary initiative for students and researchers. Named a “100 Top Creative” by Origin Magazine, a World Technology Network award finalist in Arts, Entertainment, and Education, and a Grammy voting member, Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as astronaut Koichi Wakata orbiting live aboard the International Space Station, multimedia artist Paul Miller, Ballet Philippines, and institutions such as NASA, UNEP, UNESCO.
Williams has earned international film awards from Sundance, Lumen Prize, Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Science Media Awards, Best Soundtrack Composition at Macau International Fulldome Film Festival, People’s Choice Award Fiske Fulldome Film Festival, and has garnering media exposure from the Washington Post, Village Voice, BBC, NPR, PBS, USA Today, Huffington Post. Williams tours around the world, at performing arts theaters, museums, and conferences such as, TEDx, Aspen Institute, Smithsonian, Guggenheim Museum, Strathmore, Marin Civic Center, Winspear Opera House, UNESCO, and the U.S. Dep State.

This event is sponsored by AIP Publishing, the Center for Spatial Research, and ASME.